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Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter I Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter I

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK VI - Chapter I
BOOK SIXTH"Is that a Death? and are there two?Is Death that woman's mate? * * * *Her skin was as white as leprosy,The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she,Who thicks man's blood with cold."COLERIDGE.CHAPTER IOur story moves forward now thirty days from the night Ben-Hur leftAntioch to go out with Sheik Ilderim into the desert.A great change has befallen--great at least as respects the fortunesof our hero. VALERIUS GRATUS HAS BEEN SUCCEEDED BY PONTIUS PILATE!The removal, it may be remarked, cost Simonides exactly five talentsRoman money in hand paid to Sejanus, who was then in height of poweras imperial favorite; the object being... Long Stories - Post by : Barry_Garhammer - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 968

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XVI Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XVI

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XVI
Going next day to fill his appointment with Iras, Ben-Hur turnedfrom the Omphalus, which was in the heart of the city, into theColonnade of Herod, and came shortly to the palace of Idernee.From the street he passed first into a vestibule, on the sides ofwhich were stairways under cover, leading up to a portico. Wingedlions sat by the stairs; in the middle there was a gigantic ibisspouting water over the floor; the lions, ibis, walls, and floorwere reminders of the Egyptians: everything, even the balustradingof the stairs, was of massive gray stone.Above the vestibule, and covering the landing of the steps,arose... Long Stories - Post by : Timothy_Warnock - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 903

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XV
Ben-Hur tarried across the river with Ilderim; for at midnight,as previously determined, they would take the road which thecaravan, then thirty hours out, had pursued.The sheik was happy; his offers of gifts had been royal; but Ben-Hurhad refused everything, insisting that he was satisfied with thehumiliation of his enemy. The generous dispute was long continued."Think," the sheik would say, "what thou hast done for me. In everyblack tent down to the Akaba and to the ocean, and across to theEuphrates, and beyond to the sea of the Scythians, the renown ofmy Mira and her children will go; and they who sing... Long Stories - Post by : jayleishman - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2979

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XIV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XIV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XIV
When the dash for position began, Ben-Hur, as we have seen, was onthe extreme left of the six. For a moment, like the others, he washalf blinded by the light in the arena; yet he managed to catch sightof his antagonists and divine their purpose. At Messala, who was morethan an antagonist to him, he gave one searching look. The air ofpassionless hauteur characteristic of the fine patrician face wasthere as of old, and so was the Italian beauty, which the helmetrather increased; but more--it may have been a jealous fancy,or the effect of the brassy shadow in which the features... Long Stories - Post by : CoachLarry - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1502

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XIII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XIII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XIII
About three o'clock, speaking in modern style, the program wasconcluded except the chariot-race. The editor, wisely considerateof the comfort of the people, chose that time for a recess. At oncethe vomitoria were thrown open, and all who could hastened to theportico outside where the restaurateurs had their quarters. Those whoremained yawned, talked, gossiped, consulted their tablets, and,all distinctions else forgotten, merged into but two classes--thewinners, who were happy, and the losers, who were grum and captious.Now, however, a third class of spectators, composed of citizens whodesired only to witness the chariot-race, availed themselves of therecess to come in and take their... Long Stories - Post by : wldcreek - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1619

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XII
The Circus at Antioch stood on the south bank of the river,nearly opposite the island, differing in no respect from theplan of such buildings in general.In the purest sense, the games were a gift to the public; consequently,everybody was free to attend; and, vast as the holding capacity ofthe structure was, so fearful were the people, on this occasion,lest there should not be room for them, that, early the day beforethe opening of the exhibition, they took up all the vacant spacesin the vicinity their temporary shelter suggested an armyin waiting.At midnight the entrances were thrown wide, and the rabble,surging... Long Stories - Post by : rbsimonson - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2291

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XI Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XI

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter XI
Evening was hardly come upon Antioch, when the Omphalus, nearly inthe centre of the city, became a troubled fountain from which inevery direction, but chiefly down to the Nymphaeum and east andwest along the Colonnade of Herod, flowed currents of people,for the time given up to Bacchus and Apollo.For such indulgence anything more fitting cannot be imagined thanthe great roofed streets, which were literally miles on milesof porticos wrought of marble, polished to the last degree offinish, and all gifts to the voluptuous city by princes carelessof expenditure where, as in this instance, they thought they wereeternizing themselves. Darkness was not... Long Stories - Post by : Christy - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 3675

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter X Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter X

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter X
The day before the games, in the afternoon, all Ilderim's racingproperty was taken to the city, and put in quarters adjoiningthe Circus. Along with it the good man carried a great deal ofproperty not of that class; so with servants, retainers mountedand armed, horses in leading, cattle driven, camels laden withbaggage, his outgoing from the Orchard was not unlike a tribalmigration. The people along the road failed not to laugh athis motley procession; on the other side, it was observed that,with all his irascibility, he was not in the least offended bytheir rudeness. If he was under surveillance, as he had... Long Stories - Post by : The_Ezine_Team - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1847

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter IX Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter IX

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter IX
Next night, about the fourth hour, Ben-Hur stood on the terraceof the great warehouse with Esther. Below them, on the landing,there was much running about, and shifting of packages and boxes,and shouting of men, whose figures, stooping, heaving, hauling,looked, in the light of the crackling torches kindled in their aid,like the laboring genii of the fantastic Eastern tales. A galleywas being laden for instant departure. Simonides had not yetcome from his office, in which, at the last moment, he woulddeliver to the captain of the vessel instructions to proceedwithout stop to Ostia, the seaport of Rome, and, after landinga passenger there,... Long Stories - Post by : future - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2637

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VIII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VIII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VIII
Simonides looked up, none the less a master."Esther," he said, quietly, "the night is going fast; and, lest webecome too weary for that which is before us, let the refreshmentsbe brought."She rang a bell. A servant answered with wine and bread, which shebore round."The understanding, good my master," continued Simonides, when allwere served, "is not perfect in my sight. Henceforth our lives willrun on together like rivers which have met and joined their waters.I think their flowing will be better if every cloud is blown fromthe sky above them. You left my door the other day with whatseemed a denial of... Long Stories - Post by : KennyMc - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2628

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VII
Malluch stopped at the door; Ben-Hur entered alone.The room was the same in which he had formerly interviewedSimonides, and it had been in nowise changed, except now,close by the arm-chair, a polished brazen rod, set on a broadwooden pedestal, arose higher than a tall man, holding lamps ofsilver on sliding arms, half-a-dozen or more in number, and allburning. The light was clear, bringing into view the panelling onthe walls, the cornice with its row of gilded balls, and the domedully tinted with violet mica.Within a few steps, Ben-Hur stopped.Three persons were present, looking at him--Simonides, Ilderim,and Esther.He glanced hurriedly from one... Long Stories - Post by : calvin_thompson - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1307

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VI Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VI

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter VI
The intercepted letter was conclusive upon a number of points ofgreat interest to Ben-Hur. It had all the effect of a confessionthat the writer was a party to the putting-away of the familywith murderous intent; that he had sanctioned the plan adopted forthe purpose; that he had received a portion of the proceeds of theconfiscation, and was yet in enjoyment of his part; that he dreadedthe unexpected appearance of what he was pleased to call the chiefmalefactor, and accepted it as a menace; that he contemplated suchfurther action as would secure him in the future, and was ready todo whatever his... Long Stories - Post by : Dioqq2 - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2146

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter V Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter V

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter V
The sheik waited, well satisfied, until Ben-Hur drew his horsesoff the field for the forenoon--well satisfied, for he had seenthem, after being put through all the other paces, run full speedin such manner that it did not seem there were one the slowest andanother the fastest--run in other words, as if the four were one."This afternoon, O sheik, I will give Sirius back to you."Ben-Hur patted the neck of the old horse as he spoke. "I willgive him back, and take to the chariot.""So soon?" Ilderim asked."With such as these, good sheik, one day suffices. They are not afraid;they have a... Long Stories - Post by : Beier - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1234

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter IV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter IV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter IV
Ilderim returned to the dowar next day about the third hour. Ashe dismounted, a man whom he recognized as of his own tribe cameto him and said, "O sheik, I was bidden give thee this package,with request that thou read it at once. If there be answer, I wasto wait thy pleasure."Ilderim gave the package immediate attention. The seal wasalready broken. The address ran, TO VALERIUS GRATUS AT CAESAREA."Abaddon take him!" growled the sheik, at discovering a letterin Latin.Had the missive been in Greek or Arabic, he could have read it;as it was, the utmost he could make out was the... Long Stories - Post by : On_Track - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1356

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter III Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter III

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter III
"Iras, the daughter of Balthasar, sends me with salutation anda message," said a servant to Ben-Hur, who was taking his easein the tent."Give me the message.""Would it please you to accompany her upon the lake?""I will carry the answer myself. Tell her so."His shoes were brought him, and in a few minutes Ben-Hur salliedout to find the fair Egyptian. The shadow of the mountains wascreeping over the Orchard of Palms in advance of night. Afar throughthe trees came the tinkling of sheep bells, the lowing of cattle,and the voices of the herdsmen bringing their charges home. Life atthe Orchard, it should... Long Stories - Post by : Scot_Standke - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1227

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter II Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter II

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter II
About the time the couriers departed from Messala's door with thedespatches (it being yet the early morning hour), Ben-Hur enteredI1derim's tent. He had taken a plunge into the lake, and breakfasted,and appeared now in an under-tunic, sleeveless, and with skirt scarcelyreaching to the knee.The sheik saluted him from the divan."I give thee peace, son of Arrius," he said, with admiration, for,in truth, he had never seen a more perfect illustration of glowing,powerful, confident manhood. "I give thee peace and good-will.The horses are ready, I am ready. And thou?""The peace thou givest me, good sheik, I give thee in return.I thank thee... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1939

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter I Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter I

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK V - Chapter I
BOOK FIFTH"Only the actions of the just Smell sweet and blossom in the dust." SHIRLEY."And, through the heat of conflict, keeps the law, In calmness made, and sees what he foresaw." WORDSWORTH.CHAPTER IThe morning after the bacchanalia... Long Stories - Post by : vishal - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 1483

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XVII Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XVII

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XVII
Up a little way from the dower there was a cluster of palms,which threw its shade half in the water, half on the land. A bulbulsang from the branches a song of invitation. Ben-Hur stopped beneathto listen. At any other time the notes of the bird would have driventhought away; but the story of the Egyptian was a burden of wonder,and he was a laborer carrying it, and, like other laborers, there wasto him no music in the sweetest music until mind and body were happilyattuned by rest.The night was quiet. Not a ripple broke upon the shore. The oldstars of... Long Stories - Post by : clstone - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2974

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XVI Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XVI

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XVI
"If I could answer you," Balthasar said, in his simple, earnest,devout way--"oh, if I knew where he is, how quickly I would go tohim! The seas should not stay me, nor the mountains.""You have tried to find him, then?" asked Ben-Hur.A smile flitted across the face of the Egyptian."The first task I charged myself with after leaving the shelter givenme in the desert"--Balthasar cast a grateful look at Ilderim--"was tolearn what became of the Child. But a year had passed, and I darednot go up to Judea in person, for Herod still held the thronebloody-minded as ever. In Egypt, upon my... Long Stories - Post by : mentor - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 759

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XV Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XV

Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ - BOOK IV - Chapter XV
The shadows cast over the Orchard of Palms by the mountains atset of sun left no sweet margin time of violet sky and drowsingearth between the day and night. The latter came early and swift;and against its glooming in the tent this evening the servantsbrought four candlesticks of brass, and set them by the cornersof the table. To each candlestick there were four branches, and oneach branch a lighted silver lamp and a supply cup of olive-oil.In light ample, even brilliant, the group at dessert continuedtheir conversation, speaking in the Syriac dialect, familiar toall peoples in that part of the world.The... Long Stories - Post by : magicthought - Date : March 2011 - Author : Lew Wallace - Read : 2470